* Tulane's football team, displaced before the 2005 season because of Hurricane Katrina, was named the winner of the 2005 Courage Award by the Football Writers Association of America and the FedEx Orange Bowl.
The Green Wave (7-4, 6-2 Conference USA), playing 11 games in 11 different stadiums, will conclude the season Saturday at Southern Mississippi. The Tulane football team was evacuated to Jackson, Miss., a few days before the original 2005 season opener was to be played at Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg on Sept. 4. After a few days in Jackson, the team moved to Dallas and eventually to Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La. It has remained headquartered there through the 2005 season.
* A judge has dismissed claims of slander and libel filed against Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer over statements he made to NCAA officials investigating recruiting violations at Alabama.
Former player Kenny Smith and his mother, Vicki Smith Dagnan, sued Fulmer and the NCAA in January for $480 million claiming they were defamed when Fulmer told NCAA investigators in 2000 about rumors that Smith's mother was involved with an assistant coach at Alabama.
* Donovan McNabb is officially done for the season after the Eagles placed him on injured reserve Tuesday.
McNabb will undergo surgery for a sports hernia. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback was bothered by the injury most of the season and missed last Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.
Cornerback Lito Sheppard, an All-Pro last season, also was placed on injured reserve.
-- From wire reports